John’s Top 10 Modern Movies

Anyone can make a list? Yea. Pretty much.

With Sight & Sound throwing a list together that seems to be causing more head scratching than a nit convention (their list seemed to contain nothing beyond the 1960s), here at Cinetropolis we decided to represent the subsequent years and give our own subjective lists.

So without any further ado, here is my top 10 list of films post 1969:

10. The Exorcist (1973)

Horror films come and go, but few come tethered to such intelligence and bold themes.This film is so unique that it transcends horror completely. Each and every scene as iconic as the last. A real tour de force in film making.

9. Ghostbusters (1984)

There are few films that successfully bridge the comedy/supernatural chasm as well as Ghostbusters. The cast is flawless and the special effects blew us all away at the time. A real perfect storm of a film.

8. Die Hard (1988)

The action film that changed the world. After this film everything was a Die Hard clone (including the sequels) and muscle bound heroes were no longer in vogue.

7. The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Coen’s do Raymond Chandler. In the Dude and Walter they gave birth to two of the best characters to grace the screen in a long time and an annual convention for people to dress in bowling clothes and drink white russians. As with any Coen film the dialogue is incredible – but the delivery more than matches it and Jeff Bridges and John Goodman create real magic together.

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

If adventure has a name, it’s Indiana Jones. That is for sure. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. Harrison Ford plays another bloody hero and manages not to typecast himself. Show off. Spielberg brings his A game and Lawrence Kasdan writes a bloody amazing script. A modern masterpiece of adventure and excitement featuring, in the truck scene, one of the best action set pieces ever filmed.

5. JFK (1991)

Say what you like about Oliver Stone (bonkers) but crikey does he have passion. This film is like a living, breathing documentary that grabs you by the lapels and shouts “conspiracy!” until it is blue in the face. The cast is perfect, the score by John Williams is haunting and the direction is frantic and at times unsettling. Whether the facts are true or false, the only thing that matters is that the film is imperious and bold as hell.

4. Jaws (1975)

The film that changed a whole generation’s feelings about swimming. A genuine bonafide classic. Eminently quotable, always watchable and a cast that plays it straight and narrow. Spielberg cuts his teeth with true verve.

3. The Sting (1972)

The ultimate tale of switcharoo. Just when you think you have it sussed, it skips town on you. Newman and Redford come together again to craft the perfect heist movie and the decision to use Scott Joplin’s music (even though it was wrong for the time period) was a masterstroke. A real class act of a film. The only mystery being where Robert Shaw picked up that accent.

2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The sequel to beat all sequels. Bigger, bolder, darker and starker than Star Wars. The stakes were raised and the ending confounded them all.

1. Superman The Movie (1978)

Verisimilitude! Richard Donner said this was the theme of the film, a real world feeling, no campiness (well, a bit) and try and keep this fantastical story grounded in reality as much as possible, not only did he succeed, but he made Hollywood realise that you can make super-hero films seriously and not have “Thwack” or “Bam” all over the screen.

Christopher Reeve really is the only man who I will ever see as Superman, his acting skills are so brilliantly demonstrated in this film, when you see his physical transformation taking off the glasses as Clark Kent in Lois’ apartment when he is about to reveal his identity. The shoulders rise and he stands up straight with such authority, then thinks twice and slouches again replacing the glasses. In that two minute scene he displays what Superman is all about, a dual personality.

It is my favourite film and always will be. The stars aligned and the cast were perfect, the score was perfect, the direction and cinematography were perfect, the writing was perfect and the end result is perfect.

There’s my top 10. You can read Tim’s here.

Originally posted 2012-08-02 20:40:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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